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Boise in Ada County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Jesus Urquides Packs a Mule, 1925

 
 
Jesus Urquides Packs a Mule, 1925 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2013
1. Jesus Urquides Packs a Mule, 1925 Marker
Inscription. In 1850, at age seventeen, Jesus Urquides joined the California gold rush to Stockton and the Sierra Nevadas. In 1860, striking out on his own, he followed the rush to Walla Walla, Lewiston, and The Dalles. Boise Basin’s 1863 gold rush lured Urquides to a supply point on the Boise River close to the mines.

As an innovative packer, Urquides became well known for managing dangerous and difficult tasks. His reputation grew when he successfully packed an 8,400 foot long, continuous steel cable to the remote Yellow Jacket Mine. Urquides coiled the 4,500-pound cable from one mule to another, spreading the unwieldy load over a train of 35 animals.

Urquides lived a rich and complex life. Rising from working-class immigrant status to respectable, industrious entrepreneur, he exemplified the Mexican heritage of Idaho’s ethnically diverse pioneers. The photograph above shows Urquides, at age 93, demonstrating the proper cinching of a mule for a profile that appeared in Sunset Magazine in 1925.
 
Erected 2013 by Boise City Department of Arts and History.
 
Location. 43° 36.701′ N, 116° 11.754′ W. Marker is in Boise, Idaho, in Ada County. Marker is on West Main Street 0.1 miles east of South
Marker detail: Jesus Urquides Packs a Mule, 1925 image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2013
2. Marker detail: Jesus Urquides Packs a Mule, 1925
2nd Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is mounted on a pedestal, directly in front of an office building, between the sidewalk and the street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 115 West Main Street, Boise ID 83706, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jesus Urquides, Circa 1870 (here, next to this marker); Maria Dolores (Lola) Binnard, circa 1910 (here, next to this marker); Urquides Village, Southern Edge, circa 1958 (here, next to this marker); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 0.4 miles away); Warm Springs Avenue (approx. half a mile away); Sacajawea and Pomp (approx. half a mile away); Airmail Service (approx. 0.6 miles away); Boise State University (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boise.
 
More about this marker. Marker is mounted on a tall metal pedestal adjacent to an attractive metal and wood sculpture of a 19th century camera. Marker text is printed in English (left side) and Spanish (right side)
 
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1. Jesús Urquides: Idaho’s Premier Muleteer.
The life of Mexican mule packer Jesús Urquides is the subject of this work. Urquides was a Mexican-born mule packer who brought the skills of his profession to the American West, where he eventually settled in Boise, Idaho in the 1860s. The focus of the work is to shed light on the activities of mule packers and their work in the American West as it related to the mining activities of the region and to also examine Urquides’ role in the establishment of Boise’s Spanish Village. Jesús Urquides: Idaho’s Premier Muleteer is a case study of the profession and its contributions to the mining industry of the late 19th century. (Submitted on November 27, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Pioneering Boise businessman Jesus Urquides.
When Urquides arrived in Boise in the mid-1860s, he was already a successful Mexican businessman. At that time, Boise was only a small village surrounded by farms that provided food for Southern and Central Idaho mining camps. A decade later, Urquides inherited land from an acquaintance at what is now 115 Main St., and settled in the Treasure Valley permanently. (Submitted on November 27, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 27, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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